Every year, many holidays for pets are acknowledged and celebrated. This week in September, we recognize a very important one: Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week! Every pet is lovable and worthy of love, no more or less due to how it looks or what its needs are. Here is a closer look into this special holiday week and what you could do about it!
What Pets Are Considered “Less Adoptable?”
Unfortunately, some categories of pets tend to stay on the “up for adoption” lists longer than others. Some of the top groups include:
- Black dogs/cats: Black dogs and black cats are statistically less likely to be adopted than pets with other colorations. It can be called the Black Dog Syndrome or the Black Cat Syndrome. Various theories exist as to why it’s harder for black-coated animals to become pets, such as being harder to see, depictions in culture, and a black dog’s size, but nevertheless, this group is one to pay particular attention to.
- Senior dogs/cats: There is no reason why a senior is a less adoptable pet than a kitten or puppy. A senior pet is just as great a companion and can give you some of the best years of your life. In fact, if you prefer a low-energy pet that likes to laze about, sleep in, go for leisurely walks, and snuggle on the couch, a senior dog or cat could be for you.
- Special needs pets: A special needs pet does not necessarily mean that it requires more care than one with regular needs. For example, a pet could have a missing limb or eye, a deformed ear, deafness, or blindness. In general, it refers to a pet with a physical abnormality or a chronic medical or behavioral issue. Rescue dogs could fall into this category. While one might have to make adjustments for their pet, you will ultimately be helping this pet to live its happiest life.
What You Can Do
Adopting a pet is highly rewarding; you’ll have a fantastic pet and companion, and you will help save its life. Some say that pet ownership helps reduce stress and improve physical health. Sharing Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet week info on social media can help spread awareness; better yet, considering if now is the time for you to welcome a new family member is the ultimate action. Everhart Veterinary Medicine, located in Baltimore and Pasadena, Maryland, has the expertise and care you want for your great new pet!
Trust the Care of Your Pet to the Professionals at Everhart Veterinary Medicine!
At Everhart Veterinary Medicine, our veterinary professionals strive to provide your pet with the very best of veterinary care. We believe that the best care for your pet should be provided by experienced, compassionate, and knowledgeable veterinary professionals. With two Maryland locations in both Baltimore and Pasadena, we are always ready to welcome your pet as a new patient! Give us a call today at 410-355-3131 or 410-793-7670! For more information, as well as updates on veterinary news and topics, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn!